17 Mar WORSHIP SERVICES UPDATE MARCH 17,2020
Members of St. Paul
We live in an ever-changing world with no better example than times like these. News and information changes by the hour and can seem at times contradictory and inconsistent. This is proving to be a rapid and fluid situation that continues to affect us all and continues to change. It’s hard to keep up. Rest assured, our Lord’s message and presence is consistent, concise, and ever present. We will get through these times with His help. With each other’s help.
The CDC, federal, and state authorities have communicated new guidelines for gatherings of groups of 10 or more. Our Synod Bishop has echoed this urging and recommendations. St. Paul wishes to comply with these urgings and recommendations yet still provide options for worship on Sunday. We have not been mandated to not gather and I do not feel compelled to go beyond their example.
Therefore, we strongly urge our members to take the necessary precautions they feel warranted for their own personal situation and in compliance with the recommendations of the CDC. To help comply with the new gathering guidelines, we are in the process of developing additional options for our Sunday church service. Please be patient as we explore these options and stay alert for further communication where steps will be provided to be able to enjoy our service via Facebook or other online media. Our rebroadcast of the previous week’s service will also continue to be available on the radio.
We plan to conduct our Sunday service at the regular time on Sunday with essential voluntary personnel present. The bell will still ring, and St. Paul’s doors will be open. However we are providing the alternative options mentioned above to share our worship service without our members having to be present. (The large offering plate will be placed on a small table in the center aisleway or brought to our office during the week or marked as “Sunday offering” at the Wednesday 6:30 PM Lenten services.)
Sunday School will be suspended and encouraged to be conducted at home. Each week, a brief Sunday School lesson, prepared by Ann Mahnken, will be emailed, along with children’s bulletins, for parents to discuss with children. Wednesday night Lenten services at 6:30 will continue without the meal. All youth activities and confirmation will be suspended. All these plans will be under continual evaluation.
Please keep our nation, our leaders, our pastor, and all those affected in your prayers. Only with our Lord’s help together will we find refuge and comfort. We hope these additional opportunities benefit your personal spiritual health and the health of our community at the same time.
Your fellow servant,